TWO VOICES is our debut album - Vol.1 will be released on 5th March 2021
It is a unique, intimate and beautiful collection of chamber music from renaissance to baroque, with splashes of folk, medieval and contemporary influence along the way! It celebrates the two singers’ trademark “beautifully clear” sound and blend, with repertoire chosen to represent the variety in their programmes and the styles they most love. It is divided into four volumes, each exploring a different sentiment: happiness, intrigue, passion and loss.
At the core of the recording are Thomas Morley’s little known Twelve Canzonets to Two Voices (1595) a series of charming acapella duets. These weave through the four volumes and are interspersed with other varied and complimentary chamber music. For this album four of these Morley canzonets feature viol in place of a tenor voice - instruments taking vocal lines being a common practice at the time.
Rooted in their passion for, and specialism in, early music, TWO VOICES is packed with music from their current concert programmes The Trials & Triumphs of Oriana, Silver Baroque and A Noble Thief, as well as music chosen specially for this project. Fair Oriana’s programmes tend to combine the ancient with the brand new, and their debut album is no exception, with commissions from contemporary composers Fraser Wilson and Owain Park.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Fair Oriana's usual sources of income have disappeared, so fundraising is now essential to make the recording happen! Can you help? All donations, of any size, would make a big difference, and will be put towards such things as recording, editing, production, art work, commission fees, instrumentalist session fees and CD production.